Youth Skills Training Grant

  • Youth Skills Training (YST)Grant through the Department of Labor and Industry(DLI) 

    ISD 728 was awarded a new YST Grant for 2021-22 & 2022-23 school years focused around Healthcare Careers.

    The Youth Skills Training (YST) Program encourages, promotes and supports the development of local partnerships between schools, employers and community organizations. These local partnerships provide students with related classroom instructionsafety trainingindustry-recognized credentials and paid work experience in high-growth and high-demand occupations.  YST programs address workforce challenges by connecting industry with education to provide students with opportunities to learn about and gain hands-on experience and credintials.

    There is an extreme need for health care workers to fill the record-high number of vacancies – vacancies that have greatly increased during the pandemic. The YST grant will help increase awareness to ISD 728 students about the variety of careers in healthcare through career exploration events, guest speakers and CTE Internships with local employers. ISD 728 is using the grant to double the number of students to complete Home-Health Aide and Certified Nursing Assistant Training while in high school. This is possible because of a partnership with Guardian Angels and Anoka Ramsey Community College. Juniors and Seniors can register for the class (talk to your school counselor).

    The YST program was created to support high-growth, high-demand, living-wage industries where it has traditionally been difficult to place 16-17-year-old student learners in a paid work experience. By meeting YST requirements and receiving approval from DLI, student learners are allowed to work in industries otherwise prohibited by child-labor laws. DLI works with local partnerships to complete the necessary paperwork and requirements for YST program approval. 

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